Land Rover Discovery Facelift Review & Test Drive

Land Rover Discovery Overview

The Land Rover Discovery 2017, the much- awaited SUV, has finally hit the Indian shores. The new design of the Discovery is not as tough and rugged as the old Discovery, but feels really futuristic with that box look being given new curvy edges, sharp looks and a blocky back. The new LED headlamps give it the look of a Range Rover. This new 7- seater Land Rover Discovery gets a completely new aluminum monocoque frame, making it lighter and hence making it more efficient. The SUV still drives like a Discovery, not like a Range Rover or Range Rover sport in any way; it’s all smooth and easy to go with minimal engine noise getting inside the cabin.Check for Land Rover cars Price, Features & Specifications at CarzPrice

Land Rover Discovery Design

In terms of design, this current generation Discovery represents a massive departure from the Discoveries that have come before it. Gone is the boxy shape and angular lines, instead replaced with swoops and curves similar to what we’ve seen on the updated Range Rover. This, Land Rover says, yields a significantly reduced drag coefficient, making this Disco a lot more efficient compared to its predecessors. The square headlights have given way to sleek, wrap-around units, with LED DRL strips doubling as the front indicators. Horizontal, wrap-around tail lights have replaced the older vertical style, and the third-row side glass no longer blends into the roof glass.

While the split tailgate has given way to a more traditional single-piece flap, it has still managed to retain an offset number plate design like the Discovery 3 and 4. Overall, it doesn’t look as rugged as the previous models, and the design feels a bit ungainly from certain angles, especially when viewed from the rear three-quarters. But it does have great road presence thanks to its sheer size, and there’s no mistaking it for anything other than a Discovery, thanks to its tall stance and stepped roof.

Land Rover Discovery Cabin

The cabin of the new Discovery is as plush and premium as you’d expect from a typical Land Rover SUV. Be it the leather-wrapped steering wheel with brushed aluminium inserts, the soft touch dashboard trims, the knurled gear shifter or the twin panoramic sunroof, all of that makes the Discovery more upmarket and premium than the LR4. The HSE variant comes equipped with a large 10-inch infotainment screen with a host of entertainment, navigation as well as seat comfort options. Presently, the system doesn’t come with CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity options in India. One can also opt for the 14-speaker Meridian surround sound system on the HSE variant which makes the overall cabin experience even better.

The throne like front seats give a commanding view of the surroundings. The front row occupants will enjoy the generous headroom, legroom and the shoulder room along with the supportive and comfortable seats. While the same is the case with the second row seats, they are positioned comparatively lower. Also, the front seats get entertainment screens on the back of the headrest, that combined with the lower position of the seats might hamper the front visibility of the second row occupants. The third row seats are reasonably spacious, though it is best reserved for kids or additional luggage. In terms of convenience, the first row seats are power adjustable, while the second row gets an electrically adjustable backrest. It can be physically pushed ahead for additional space for the third row occupants. The second and the third row seats can also be folded completely with the help of master switches placed in the boot.

One particular aspect of the new Discovery that you cannot possibly ignore is the number of clever storage options. There is a dual-compartment glove box, a cubby with an optional chiller unit that can hold a 1-litre container, cup holders with additional storage beneath and a smart storage pocket behind the climate control unit. This is in addition to the regular pockets and provisions on the door trims and the rear armrest. The boot space can be extended to a maximum of 2500 litres with only the front seats up.

Land Rover Discovery Performance

While petrol power for big, heavy SUVs is nothing new, what our test car had under its hood felt like a stark contrast to the the Discovery’s proportions and intended application. The new Disco does come with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel motor in India, but the one we’re driving was equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 petrol – supercharged at that! It’s essentially the same AJ126 motor that you get on the Jaguar F-Type. The power delivery does feel a bit sportscar-peaky, with its 340PS coming in at fairly high 6,500rpm (for a 2.2-tonne SUV). Thankfully, its peak torque figure of 450Nm is spread flat between 3,500 to 5,000rpm. So there’s plenty of grunt available when the engine is revving, but it feels a bit out-of-poke at bottom-end.

This leads to a very uncanny driving experience in urban conditions – it doesn’t respond quickly to very gentle throttle inputs, but when you depress the accelerator pedal a bit more, the motor revs quickly, launching the car forward. At crawling city speeds, the Disco wants to do anything but crawl. Out of the highway though, you’ll really enjoy the experience and pleasures of this petrol engine. Give it a bootful of gas and the whine of the superchargers builds to a crescendo to the backdrop of the V6’s rasp, and Disco rockets ahead with an almost un-SUV like gusto. It’s all a very pantomimic experience. From a standstill, it gets to 100kmph in just 7.31 seconds and it can make its way to a top speed that actually has to be limited to almost 210kmph.

There is a downside though, to having a frantic petrol motor propelling this large 2.2-tonne beast. The fuel-efficiency numbers are far from impressive, with the Discovery managing just about 11.25kmpl on the highway, dropping down to a meagre 6.09kmpl in the city.Transmission is an 8-speed auto ‘box from ZF, which although sports one cog less than the unit from the Evoque and the Discovery Sport, but this big Disco is better off for it. It’s a conventional torque converter unit, but the ratios are tightly packed. So shifting, whether automatically, or manually, using the paddle shifters, is very quick, taking just 200ms to swap cogs. Kickdowns are rapid as well, and making an overtake, even with this car’s bulk never feels too difficult.

Land Rover Discovery Ride & Handling

Everyone just made way for me making me feel like the Pope. The giant dimensions of the Discovery is truly intimidating and makes you wonder about its handling. However, get inside and the story changes. The new Disco’ has chucked the steel ladder frame for a modern aluminium monocoque body, making it lighter by 480kg, roughly the weight of five adults. This also played a big role in improving the efficiency of the SUV. Additionally, the components of the suspension are made from lightweight aluminium. The Discovery employs double wishbone at front and a multi-link at the rear. The SUV literally glides over the undulations and uneven surfaces, keeping the cabin inert from the disturbances caused by the surface. And that is because of the new Terrain Response system that automatically selects the driving mode according to the surface the SUV is driven on. For information on contact details of Land Rover car dealers in Pune visit

Even at higher speeds, in spite of the Discovery being a tall SUV, the firm setup holds onto the tarmac while cornering at high speeds with negligible body roll. This can be credited to DSC that reduces the engine torque and selectively applies brakes to counteract understeer or oversteer. Bringing the giant to a standstill isn’t much of a task either with the 360mm front and 350mm rear disc brakes – 100-0kmph in 3.5s. The Disco gets different drive modes that basically alters the transmission, suspension and the traction settings. Also, there is a dedicated low range mode to maneuver over low-traction surfaces. We did decent levels of off-roading in the Disco and the amount of confidence that the SUV offers is really impressive. It just doesn’t stop and keeps crawling over anything that comes in its way.

Land Rover Discovery Braking and Safety

The Land Rover Discovery features really good brakes with one of the best braking systems that allows safe and sound sudden halts, also housing a lot of safety features, like Electronic air suspension Stop/Start technology, Hill Descent Control (HDC) Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Electric Parking Brake (EPB), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA ), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Gradient Acceleration Control (GAC), front side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a trip computer. All these features are not available in the basic variants. These safety features are enough to keep you and your family safe and sound.

Land Rover Discovery Price In Pune

Land Rover Discovery Ex-Showroom Price in Pune ranges from 72,91,093/- (Discovery S Petrol) to 1,07,90,337/- (Discovery First Edition Diesel). Get best offers for Land Rover Discovery from Land Rover Dealers in Pune

Land Rover Discovery Conclussion

What really impressed us about the new Discovery that it is not just an improved iteration but is now closer to the flagship Range Rover. The new-age Discovery comes loaded with tech to spoil you with convenience as well as keep you safe with features like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and driver condition monitoring. However, it is the supercharged V6 that keeps you going. And that is what I am going to do till Land Rover guys come and snatch the keys away from me.